• Last Bite – Exponential growth

Last Bite – Exponential growth

  • October 1st, 2010

Capitalizing on Native American images to sell fruit, Skookum and Yum-Yum labels were developed in competing regions of Washington State.

After large-scale irrigation systems and a railroad network became operational in the Pacific Northwest, there was an exponential growth in the amount of fruit being harvested and marketed. This put [...]

WSU releases second new apple, called WA 5

  • October 1st, 2010

Just a year after the release of WA 2, WSU’s apple breeding program in Wenatchee is releasing its second new cultivar, WA 5. WA 5 is sufficiently different from WA 2 in ripening season, appearance, and eating quality to justify its release.

With a bright orange-red stripe covering 60 to [...]

  • NEW VITALITY  in New York

NEW VITALITY in New York

  • September 1st, 2010

Anyone having doubts about the vitality of the New York State fruit industry should have been on the International Fruit Tree Association’s summer study tour at the end of July.

Western New York’s assets were on display for three days as about 200 fruit growers from around the world viewed [...]

Quick Bites

  • September 1st, 2010

Large apple crop forecast
The Washington apple industry expects to harvest a record 108.8 million boxes of fresh apples this fall. That’s six million boxes more than during the 2009-2010 season that just ended, but only slightly more than the 108.3 million boxes shipped two years ago.

“This number, even [...]

  • Minnesota growers feel excluded

Minnesota growers feel excluded

  • August 1st, 2010

A key question for Minnesota growers is whether SweeTango is a club, niche apple of minor consequence or a “Honeycrisp killer” destined for the mainstream.

Fred Wescott, who grows apples and operates Wescott Orchards and Agri Products, a packing facility in Elgin, Minnesota, told Good Fruit Grower that the exclusive [...]

Nitrogen fertilization in apples

  • August 1st, 2010

Even after years of scientific research, getting the correct level of nitrogen into apple trees remains in many ways an art.

Lailiang Cheng, a researcher at Cornell University since 2000, has dedicated his career to helping growers make the right choices. He does the scientific studies, and he also helps [...]

Nutrient needs by apple trees

  • August 1st, 2010

Getting the right nutrient levels in the orchard starts with answering the basic questions: How much of each element does a tree need, and when does it need it?

For Lailiang Cheng at Cornell University, answering the question was a matter of exerting total control and then measuring.

In a series [...]

  • Storing Honeycrisp

Storing Honeycrisp

  • August 1st, 2010

A new CA control system supplied by Storage Control Systems, Sparta, Michigan, was installed at Michigan State University in 2008. Employee Dan Boozer is pictured. The new lab contains individual cabinets in which small lots of fruit can be held under tightly controlled conditions.

As more and more Honeycrisp apples [...]

  • Target fruit

Target fruit

  • August 1st, 2010

The optimized orchard system generates high production and high-value target fruit. The trees have little structural wood and are supported by an eight-wire trellis.

“If left alone, an apple tree will not develop a canopy that maximizes both light absorption and light distribution.  That is your job and your challenge [...]

  • Montana apples

Montana apples

  • August 1st, 2010

The Swanson family’s Mountain View Apple Orchards is located in the Bitterroot Valley, where pioneers from the eastern United States established the first orchards

The Swanson family had one of the first apple orchards planted in western Montana and has one of the few remaining. And Lukas Swanson, great-grandson of [...]

  • Apple Lines

Apple Lines

  • August 1st, 2010

John Baker, center, talks with supermarket staff in Dubai, a major market for Washington apples.

The Washington Apple Commission is running a training ­program for supermarkets in export markets to help retailers boost their sales of Washington apples and to ensure that consumers receive a high-quality product.

The commission began the [...]

  • Last Bite—Fruit first in Walla Walla

Last Bite—Fruit first in Walla Walla

  • August 1st, 2010

Is the young girl Frank Shields’s sister?

Walla Walla County in the southeastern corner of what is now Washington State is credited with having the first commercial apple orchard in Washington. In 1855, Ransom Clark filed a claim on a 640-acre tract, the first such claim under the provisions of [...]